Uneven Structure
8 (Re-release)


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Review

by Mike C USER (16 Reviews)
May 18th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 06/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Meaty and groovy, Uneven Structure's re-release of its debut EP is as enthralling as it is monotonous.

As the great Devin Townsend once said, "we all rip-off Meshuggah!" Indeed this new trend of Djent, unarguably as well as unabashadly owes an extended amount of dues to the aforementioned Heavy-Metal titans that pretty well single-handedly spawned it. Although the metal sub-genre of Djent, primarly known for its arching mid range, dropped tuned and oftentimes extended ranged instruments has given rise to note-worthy acts such as Uneven Structure and Vildhjarta it has unquestionably been a landscape of large-scale mediocrity.

Uneven Structure’s re-release/re-recording of their first EP, 8 is far from a giant step out of the norm for the band many credit as being the ringleaders of the more ambient side of the often chaotic and less nuance based Heavy Metal medium. All the essential elements that helped craft Djent as it is today are present in 8, from the crisp, albeit arguably overproduced production to brain-churning 4/4 manipulated drum sequences. The EP as a whole is as subtle as it is in your face, with many of its most enduring aspects lying beneath the walls of palm-muted power chords and dropped-tuned bass slaps. Most of the tracks presented here craft a smooth and dare I say sexy bed of clean-layered guitar webs that reveal themselves with repeated listens, some remaining more immediate than others.

While the EP as a whole is rather monotonous in structure as well as execution it does have several high and low points. The second track, “Egocentric Focus” bursts out of nowhere with a head-bobbing and ridiculously heavy albeit somewhat rehashed riff and carries the momentum throughout the next track “Higher Quiddity.” This is one of the more captivating stretches of the record as it effortlessly blends clean and distorted vox with infectious grooves that are rather technical by comparison but right to the point and absolutely crushing. Group vocalist, Matthieu Romarin is especially deserving of accolade as he successfully weaves through clean harmonies and growls throughout the EP’s eight tracks, keeping things interesting throughout a sea of homogenous yet oftentimes entertaining rhythms.

There’s clearly a formula at work here, love it or hate it. With 8, Uneven Structure performs little if anything at all to break free of the myriad of groups that it helped craft. Without any speculation of doubt, 8’s biggest strength lies in that it doesn’t over-stay its welcome. While most rival bands of the genre have offered up over-bloated and needlessly long-play records, Uneven Structure have taken a different approach entirely. If you’re not already sold on the whole Djent movement, 8 will do little to change your mind, on the other hand, if you like to get down to groovy, meaty jams you could do much worse than Uneven Structures most recent reproduction of the band’s debut offering.

3.4/5



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MikeC26
May 18th 2013


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

originally posted at meltingalbumreviews.com

i honestly liked this more than i might have anticipated

Drummerboy123
May 18th 2013


2360 Comments


Their artwork is so fuckin sick...

TheMoreira
May 18th 2013


7177 Comments


Cool artwork indeed. Didn't know this got re-released.

Rail
May 18th 2013


535 Comments


How can you sweep across a battlefield amidst a sea? Is djent a naval phenomenon?

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MikeC26
May 18th 2013


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sure.



DjentForTheWin
May 18th 2013


3 Comments


As monotonous as it may sound, it was WAY more monotonous when it was released the first time around in 2010. The re-release mixes the monotonous "meshuggah rip-off" elements with their current and creative style that was used in Februus.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2013


21278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still gotta check this band. solid review mike

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xist
May 18th 2013


171 Comments


This review is really awkward to read at times, especially that first paragraph.

MikeC26
May 18th 2013


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it sucks.. I plan to re-work it later ):

Calc
May 18th 2013


12215 Comments


you should post the actual link to the original review mike lol

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bloc
May 19th 2013


34873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The original 8 was alright, I'll probably just skip this.

tempest--
May 19th 2013


13633 Comments


Production is infinitely times better than the original.

tacos N stuff
May 21st 2013


362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so much better than the original 8

bloc
May 21st 2013


34873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, forget my last comment. This sounds great.

LunaticSoul
May 28th 2013


158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their singer might be my favourite singer of the whole scene. I take this over After the Burial's ep any time.. This HAS GOT added value. Artwork is insanely good, production is on par with Februus imho. I don't think I'll like it as much as I liked their debut lp though, I agree with the reviewer.

Drummerboy123
May 28th 2013


2360 Comments


Sounds a bit samey. Production is much better.

Already heard this before though as well. Waitin for their 2nd album!

Also artwork is siiiiickk.

Asmodeuss1990
June 7th 2013


189 Comments


Loved it :P and I can't wait for their second album!



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